In Germany, it is not a sensational scandal that has caused a group of politicians to squander and end their political career without abuse of power, bribery, and rights trading, but a thin salary statement. In the words of German politicians: “People will not care whether you do well or not, but you will not want to hang you because of a misplaced bouquet!”
From the moment I stepped onto the Prime Minister’s car every morning, Merkel had to start thinking about a problem. When she was enjoying the fragrant red wine in the Prime Minister’s office at night, the problem still lingered in her mind: this moment What is my identity – the prime minister, the party chairman, a member of parliament, or an ordinary German citizen? As the prime minister, Merkel’s monthly salary (including allowance) is 168.55 million euros; as a member of the federal parliament, she also returns every month. Can get 50% of the parliamentary salary and 3/4 of the tax-free allowance, a total of 6,735 euros; in contrast to the first two, the party chairman does not have a penny.
The income component is fairly simple, and spending is the most troublesome. Although Merkel can use official vehicles at any time, according to regulations, attending official meetings, canvassing for private elections, private holidays… the purpose of travel is different, and the department that pays for her trip is different, and the proportion of her personal payment is not enough. the same. In fact, the accounting regulations even specify that if she travels home from home to the presidential palace, she will pay up to 0.03% of the vehicle price for each kilometer a month. Such an algorithm is really crazy!
It is true that Merkel is the head of the “big company” in Germany, but she can’t even consume a bottle of wine if she doesn’t have a statement. As for whether she manages Germany as good or bad, it doesn’t matter. The most important thing here is that the accounts must be clear!
That’s the way it is. Politicians know very well: it’s not the steep mountains that make them catch their heads, but the unremarkable ants. On the eve of the 2009 general election, this small ant colony almost made the former German health minister, Ula Schmidt, bid farewell to the political arena – not because the medical fund failed, nor because the fight against swine flu was weak, all because she used a public car to go to Spain. Vacation. When defending himself, the woman’s inadvertent blurt out of the sentence made the whole thing irreparable. She said: “This is what I deserve.”
According to the results of the “Star” weekly, nearly half of the Germans think that the income of the members is too high, and 39% said that the ministers have too much income, because most of their work is done on the podium or in the spotlight, so Consider their various part-time income. But all this is just a delusion. In fact, 3/4 of the MPs are not engaged in any paid part-time jobs, or can only earn less than 1,000 Euros. For the lawmakers, working 80 hours a week is a normal thing. The Social Democratic Party’s veteran Hans Jochen Fogel said: “It’s too difficult to ask me to work part-time again.” Social Democratic Party leader Franz Mint Ferrin complained: “If we follow the people’s ideas, then we all The general public should feel the subtleties of politicians as they feel about the country: the public wants the state to be responsible for education and to fight terrorism – but they hope it is best not to spend a penny.
So, how much salary do German politicians – ministers, parliamentarians, government departments, and foreign ambassadors have? For Ula Schmidt, like other ministers, she can get 1.286 per month. The basic salary of the million euros, in addition to the 307 euros of job allowance. And her membership as a federal member can also give her 50% of the monthly salary and full tax-free allowance like Merkel – but considering that she has been enjoying the public car, it’s still from this part. The allowance is deducted to 967 euros.
When talking about salary, former German Labor Minister Olaf Schultz publicly admitted: “I earn a lot.” Indeed, compared with the German average monthly salary (3108 euros before tax), Scholz is considered to be rich. people. But if we think about it another way, according to the size of his department (budget standard of 128 billion euros), Secretary Scholz is almost equivalent to the chairman of a large listed company group. In 2008, the average monthly salary of these chairmen was 275,000 euros, which is much more than Mr. Minister’s income for one year. Even the professional football player Albert Stettlet in the Frankfurt team is 10 times more likely to be the Shertz minister – he just has to sit on the bench to watch the game!
Werner Miller, a former German economic minister, was one of the few people who had gone astray from the leadership of the economic community and had to withdraw in time – he did it only because of his former prime minister’s Rhodes’ friendship. When people asked him about his views on his income from politics, he said with a smile: “If you make a good arrangement, you can still meet the needs of your livelihood.” When asked if he thinks the income is appropriate, he asks: “For Is it appropriate to work day and night? It should be for everyone to judge.”
When Miller first attended the cabinet meeting, he and other cabinet members were told that they could not accept gifts for more than 300 euros. Miller, who was not known at the time, asked: “What do you mean? Is it not more than 300 Euros per hour, or is it not more than 300 Euros per gift?” Now he knows the answer – the gift received each year must not exceed 300 Euros.
Yes, the government’s rules are very strange. Miller once said: “If I want to have a drink with Schroeder in the Prime Minister’s office after work, then I would rather bring my own drinks.” When he went to the ministerial meeting to wait for the plane to take off, give himself a point. After a cup of coffee, a bill will be added to his desk a few days later, the amount is 40 euro cents. And when he and the federal president Johannes Lawn took the government business jet, they occasionally invited each other to have a beer – the bill is naturally inevitable, 70 euro cents per person.
If Prime Minister Merkel wants to go on holiday, she must take a government plane for security reasons. Her husband can naturally ride together as long as he is willing to pay for it. That is not a small expense, the asking price of the Quartermaster Management Office has always been considerable. At that time, Schroeder had to travel separately from his family because he could not afford the cost. He is free to take the government plane for free, and his wife and daughter are going to take advantage of cheap flights. The two women’s bodyguards will also take the same plane with them – their ticket money will be paid by the taxpayer.
Give another example. If Merkel wants to attend a anniversary celebration and send a bunch of flowers, there will be a set of procedures that must be strictly enforced: the time to send flowers, the object to send flowers, the reason for giving flowers, plus the Prime Minister himself. Signature. These procedures are verified by the budget committee, but the most important thing is to go through the terror of the Federal Audit Office.
The German Ministry of Finance is more meticulous about how to use the public car to keep accounts. For example, a member of a government member who is a member of parliament will be classified as a “business trip”, a “trip from home to work place”, a “home trip” (weekend, not related to party work), and “return to the party”. Family trips (weekends, related to work within the party), “home trips” (not weekends, not related to party work) and a variety of other private itineraries. Is this classification meaningful or crazy?
Although politicians have to endure some rules that sound so ridiculous, their lives are not only shackles and pains, but also pleasant things, such as various privileges. When you watch the World Cup, you can have a great view of the game. There is a seat on the train. There is a business class when you fly. There is a VIP lounge, there is a five-star hotel. And their tax-free allowances are a big gift for some lawmakers: they can easily get 3,868 euros without any bills. In addition, they can receive a generous pension without paying a penny. These people are used to it all, and it may be this inertia that causes some politicians to be unable to distinguish between business and private affairs – and then they are planting their heads on the ant.
Here are some of the “tragic characters” who have been ruined because of their salary statements:
Former governor of Saxony. It was a disaster in April 2002 due to the private use of the government guest house and the fact that the wife had enjoyed a very favorable price offered by the merchant while shopping.
2. Hans-Urgen Ur
The federal parliamentarian also received a salary from the German public in addition to his salary, and recorded the cost of his participation in the sex party in the company’s account. In May 2007, he was disqualified.
3. Gerhard Glogowski
Former governor of Lower Saxony. His wedding expenses, travel expenses, and the cost of watching the opera were all paid by a private company and he stepped down in November 1999.
4. Lothar Spett
Former governor of Ba Fuzhou. The cost of travel and vacation travel was paid for by a private company and was phased out in early 1991.
5. Laurentz Mayer
After serving as the Secretary-General of the CDU, he still received more than a month’s salary from the former RWE Energy Company and enjoyed preferential power supply. After the incident, he resigned as the Secretary-General of the CDU in November 2004.
6. Gent Krause
Former German Minister of Communications. He was forced to step down in May 1993 because he used public funds to move himself.
7. Rudolf Schalpin
The former federal defense minister ordered a suit from the clothing dealer and recorded about 55,000 marks of clothing on the private company’s account. When Star magazine disclosed the incident, Schroeder, who was then prime minister, fired Rudolf Schalpin in 2002.
8. Gregory Gusi
The federal parliamentarian was politically frustrated in 2002 because he was exposed to the travel privileges he received from airlines for his personal travel. In 2005, Fang Dongshan re-opened as the chairman of the left-wing party’s Bundestag.
9. Jurgen Mellerman
Formerly the German Minister of Economy, in 1993, he was forced to resign and lost all his duties in the party because of the “trust plague” (he was exposed to the use of official letterheads to sell his relatives’ shopping carts to supermarkets).